Monthly Archives: April 2015
I have a favorite new work of mine.
As I am allowing myself to explore, reinvent, and recombine that which I’ve done before-none of this is new territory if you know my entire body of work-but I continue to surprise myself.
I am far more comfortable in a larger format on canvas than on paper, but that is changing.
“The Folly of Sentiment” is another flex of my artistic muscle where I am employing some of the new things that I am seeing, but more so, utilizing materials and techniques, palettes, etc that I have in the past and combining them in different ways. “Valentine”, presently at the BUOY Gallery in Kittery, Maine, was the first of the “Portraits” to include assemblage elements, with bits of magazine photos. I found foil paper and a plastic mesh “bag” (which I cut apart and stretched) to integrate into this piece.
The last Blackbird Studio and Gallery newsletter reiterated something that I said at an opening, but I am not entirely sure it is 100% correct. It said that I am being “influenced” by whose working around me. I don’t doubt that that is happening but this little piece, painted just after I broke my leg, might show that the “Portraits” have always been there.
The “Portrait” series actually has an even earlier ancestor in a series called “Everyman”, which dates back to 1990. So, it really is too soon to say the influences come from Blackbird, which isn’t a bad thing, but more that those influences have awakened other muses within me, that were just dormant. I don’t have digital images of the “Everyman” series yet, but they are also the predecessors of the large 2014 canvas “Chasing the Sun”.
This and a few other new pieces will be in the opening exhibit at Blackbird Studio and Gallery. We are also very proud to be hosting a visit by Carolyn Chute, author of “The Beans of Egypt, Maine”. Please join us for this event on April 18, from 1-3.
The Rochester Museum of Fine Art owes much to the area libraries since we own nothing more than art. And, what a great thing to own-but only if you have a place to put it up!! We are getting more permanent space at the Gafffney Library.
I stopped at the RPL, hoping to map out my next show there, as well as to see the show on the 1st floor, and the new show at the Carnegie Gallery, on the 2nd.
First, the student show on the 1st floor is superb!!
I was really taken by this piece, but there are really nice 2-d pieces that just didn’t photo well of because of lighting. Really nice, Spaulding High School!!
Upstairs, in the Carnegie Gallery, we just hung Benjamin Cook.
More pop-ups will happen soon!! Benjamin Cook is next!
I have a one-person show up though the end of the month at Timeless Framing in Rochester. NH. I stopped to see it next on my “art around the area”.
These are all of the recent “Portraits”, and a few of the transitional works.
The opening reception for this is next Friday, from 5-7.
If you are interested, please visit my website at http://www.dadartthurst.com and Friend me on Facebook at Daryl-Ann Hurst Studio.
This woman is really amazing.
She is a retired attorney who produces artwork like she has been an art pro all of here life. And, doesn’t stagger or falter at any change in subject.
She is not on Facebook other than to do family things and uses social media sparingly otherwise, and since I am a big fan…I told her I would put her out her in social media land.
Anne at the Berwick Library shows the full range (though honestly, I wish I had helped her hang the show) of her brilliance. Her piece, called “The Refugee” brought tears.
This show will be up through the end of the month. Her opening reception is April 21, from 5-7 at the Berwick Library,Berwick, Maine.
Here is her statement:
I have been painting in oils for some years, but my work has increased since
I retired to lovely rural Maine, to be near children, in 2010, with my husband Niles
Schore. Maine has lots of family history for me: I have four wonderful daughters
(all born in Maine) and my four grandchildren, all who live in New England. My
father’s family is from Bowdoinham. My childhood was spent in Texas, but I
spent my high school years in Massachusetts as a farmer’s daughter on a dairy
Before my 2010 retirement, I worked as an attorney for legal services
programs in Pennsylvania, representing my clients in need of services and
supports. My last employment was providing constituent services for Pennsylvania
Congressman Joe Sestak. I loved the work I was able to do in both jobs. I also
served as a docent for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, designing and giving
tours to our visitors throughout our museum for 10 years. This too was a highly
rewarding volunteer occupation.
I have had a life-long love of art and art history and painting, and now in
retirement I have the chance to indulge this love in my own works. I belonged
to two art groups in Pennsylvania, and now I am a member of and have enjoyed
exhibiting with our local Berwick Art Association, Kittery Art Association and
the Seacoast Moderns and the York Art Association, and our own local Blackbird
Studio and Gallery. In addition to participation in these shows I have displayed my
paintings at Ben Franklin, Second Landing, Poppy Seed, Sarah Orne Jewett House,
University of Southern Maine, and in libraries in Rochester, Dover, Somersworth,
North Berwick and Durham.
My art work varies in subject and treatment, from landscapes to still lifes
to abstracts and family portraits and works with a political theme influenced by
my work as an advocate for disadvantaged people as well as reflecting on current
world events. I look forward to the continuing expansion of the art community in
our region and am proud to be a part of it.
After hanging a show, I usually have time to get a few shots to post-not Thursday!! I hung right until the librarians had their coats on and they were ready to lock me in!
The BAA is presenting its 4th show that I have coordinated. It’s a small one and I hung everything that was left for me, even though two artists dropped off more than one piece. The show includes Victoria Lloyd, Christy Bruna, Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, Beth Wittenberg, Jane Lissner, Anne Vaughan, Jean Coughlin, Bob Farrell, Rita Mick-Fuller, Janet Ciechon, MaryAnne O’Mara, Ruth Bleau, Auralie Copp, Chris Kfoury, Michael Bramlett, Roseann Meserve.
Again, a really amazing array of work that is being created by some very talented people in this area! I am really proud to be able to coordinate these shows!
And, more to come-I think I have gotten us a great opportunity for October!! More to come on that!!
We have made really great strides since I was asked to join the Curatorial Committee last June. Huge strides!!
Almost two weeks ago, I assisted in the relocation of some of the permanent exhibit from a storage locker to the Community Center in Rochester, New Hampshire. Amy Regan, Matt Wyatt and I also changed the shows at the Goodwin Library, in Farmington, NH and the the Rochester City Hall, in Rochester, NH.
This week we announced our Short Film series which will show at the Rochester Opera House next month.
Benjamin Cook goes up in the Carnegie Gallery in the Rochester Library tomorrow.
And, tomorrow I am among the jurors for the International Biennial 2015. That will be hung in the Carnegie Gallery in June.
More to come!!